Swimming LA Staff


Tim Murphy

Coach Tim is an ASCA Level 3 certified coach in his tenth year in SoCal Swimming's Pacific Committee. Tim is also a member of the Westside Aquatics coaching staff.

Coach Tim's philosophy is to keep things fast and fun, with a healthy dose of inspiration. He encourages each athlete to be committed to the fulfillment of their potential. His extensive and diverse coaching history has led him work with every level of athlete, from novice to Olympian. Beginning way back in his high school days, in the Cincinnati Country Club League, his coaching career includes some time as an undergraduate assistant at Kenyon College, one season at the CIF level with Harvard-Westlake School, six seasons with Team Santa Monica and three seasons with Swim Torrance. Counting the 2015-16 season, he has now been on deck for parts of four different seasons with Westside Aquatics. Coach Tim has produced multiple Junior National qualifiers, Sectional qualifiers and Junior Olympic champions and, from 2008-2010, he was the primary coach of a 2016 U.S. Olympian. Throughout his career, he has been fortunate enough to work with some of the sport's best athletes, which include an American record holder, NCAA champions, U.S. and Australian Olympic Trials qualifiers, Open Water medalists, World Junior Team members and numerous Junior and Senior National qualifiers.

As an athlete in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tim was a U.S. Open qualifier, Junior National qualifier, NAG Top-16 qualifier and YMCA National Champion, while representing the Cincinnati Marlins and the M.E. Lyons YMCA, respectively. However, it was his experience as a State Champion and All-American at Cincinnati St. Xavier High School that cemented his passion for the sport.

After graduating from St. X in 1998, he competed for NCAA Division III powerhouse Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he was awarded All-Conference honors. In 2002, he achieved a B.A. in History from Kenyon.

Coach Tim has given back to the sport as the Pacific Committee's representative to the Southern California Swimming Board of Review since 2011.